...salvation is of the Lord
Jonah 2:9

. . . learning from the men, women and children of Bible times
            Jonah,  and the big fish                                                                 This is a true story!
       God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and to preach. 

     The people of Nineveh were evil and Jonah was to tell them that if they did not repent God would destroy them.

     But Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh and tried to run away from God by going in the opposite direction. 

     He got on a ship, but God caused a storm to come and it nearly sank the ship. When the men on the ship discovered that it was Jonah's fault, they threw him overboard into the sea, and the sea became calm.

     God then sent a large fish to swallow Jonah and Jonah was in the fish’s belly for three days.  During this time Jonah changed his mind and prayed to God. 

     God caused the fish to spit him up on the beach and Jonah went to Nineveh.

     Jonah preached to the city of Nineveh and they believed him. They repented and God decided not to destroy them.

     But this made Jonah angry. He wanted them to be punished for their sins. But God told Jonah that he had no right to be angry because a city of 120,000 people just turned away from their sinful ways and turned to God.

Lessons we learn from Jonah 

     1. God loves all of the people in the whole world and wants everyone to be saved.

     2. When we know that God wants us to do something it is important that we do what He wants us to do.

     3. If we wish for God to forgive us our sins we should be happy when God forgives the sins of other people.

     4. We should love all of the people in the world and teach them about the love and forgiveness of God.


The ship's captain and crew threw Jonah overboard in order to calm the seas.
Jonah's name


Jonah fled to Joppa
(Jonah 1:3)
so that he wouldn’t have to preach to Nineveh.
Ironically this is the same city in which the Apostle Peter had a vision from God telling him that the Gospel was for everyone!

Jesus compares himself to
Jonah in
Luke 11:29-32, and
Mt 12:38-41
"Just as Jonah spent 3 days in the belly of a fish Jesus will spend 3 days in the grave."

In the word puzzle below there are 10 words that have to do with this story.
Click on the first letter of the word and then click on the last letter of the word;

do this for each word that you find.

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